Councils rake in huge surpluses from parking fees

Councils across England have generated a total surplus of £565 million from parking charges, according to figures from the RAC Foundation.

Councils in England earned £565 million from parking charges
Councils in England earned £565 million from parking charges Credit: PA

The figures have been released just days after a judge ruled that Barnet council in north London acted illegally by using parking charges to raise revenue.

The study shows money generated from parking activities was up by £54 million between 2011 and 2012.

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Councils rake in parking profits

Local authorities have generated millions in income from charging motorists for parking. The figures are revealed just days after a judge declared one London council acted illegally in using parking charges to raise revenue.